Language of Film:
or what the film is implicitly or explicitly “about,” become the foundation for
a film analysis since they point to the main ideas in a movie. Asking the
following questions can help you understand a film’s theme:
Who are the
What do they
represent in themselves and in relation to each other? The importance of
individuality in society? Human strength or human compassion? Human
How do their
actions create a story with some meanings or constellation of meanings?
Does the story
emphasize the benefits of change or endurance?
What kind of life
or what actions does the film wish you to value or criticize, and why?
If there is not a
coherent message or story, why not?
How does the
movie make you feel at the end? Happy? Depressed? Confused? And why?
(how does the director manipulate your response to the film?)